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• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• WWE said it would move its global headquarters to a new office complex in Stamford, Conn, where WWE is now headquartered, to “allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.” The move is expected to take place in early 2021.

• “Inspired by the intersection of past and future,” Foot Locker is launching the Discover Your Air Network, featuring “cable network-inspired programming for the ultimate sneakerhead” filled with Nike Air Max content, news and product. People will be able to view DYA Network content on Foot Locker's Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat channels.

NBA2K League has unveiled the match-ups and tournaments for the second season, with $1.2M prizes Begins 4-2.

• ESPN and UFC have extended their deal, naming ESPN+ as the exclusive distributor of UFC Pay-Per-View events in the U.S. through 2025, beginning with UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 on April 13. UFC’s alliance with ESPN, which began in January, also has been extended through 2025

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

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Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

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The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

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Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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PGA, CBS, ESPN Sign ‘Historic’ 11-Year Alliance For Championship Coverage

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 10, 2018:
The PGA of America, CBS and ESPN have signed what was called a “historic and comprehensive” 11-year multi-media agreement for TV, digital and OTT rights to the PGA.

Beginning in 2020, the deal will be driven by “wall-to-wall, live full-field 72-hole coverage of the PGA Championship.

CBS, ESPN and ESPN+ will combine to air more than 175 cumulative hours of live coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

Left out is Turner Sports, which has aired early rounds of the Championship for the past 29 years.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

CBS Sports, which first broadcast the event from 1958-1964 and has been the home for the PGA Championship since 1991, will continue to broadcast the third and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday, increasing its coverage by one hour each day.

For the third and final rounds, ESPN and ESPN+ will have multiple hours of live coverage throughout the morning, leading into the CBS telecast.

The PGA of America will retain the rights to PGA.com and produce the Web and mobile app.

This new partnership among CBS Sports, ESPN and the PGA of America also includes what were called “strategic elements and multi-platform support for key PGA initiatives to help showcase and celebrate the PGA of America, its members, coaches, PGA Jr. League and the golfers who compete in the championship each year, building a compelling future for this major championship and growing the game of golf.”

The PGA Championship moves to May beginning in 2019, becoming the second major championship on the golf calendar following The Masters (April), and ahead of the U.S. Open (June) and Open Championship (July).

The next PGA Championship, the last involving Turner Sports, is scheduled for May 13-19, 2019, and will be the first PGA Championship held on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, Long Island, NY.

“It’s expected that 1,800 temporary, full-time and part-time jobs will be created along with 100 million dollars in economic generation as a result of the Championship,” according to local officials.

The 2020 Championship will be in Harding Park, San Francisco; 2021 in Ocean Course, Kiawah Island SC.

"For nearly a half-century, CBS Sports has been a vital member of the PGA of America extended family while delivering our major championship to golf fans across the country," Seth Waugh, PGA CEO, said via the organization. ”We are also thrilled to partner with ESPN and connect with sports fans through the reach of the ESPN networks.”

The PGA said moving its Championship ”heightens the PGA's brand and its initiatives, and further elevates the stature of the championship, as the PGA now falls when television viewership is higher and the vast majority of PGA Members are at the front-end of the golf season.”

“The PGA is a major that not only typically delivers the strongest field in golf, but is synonymous with historic moments that resonate with golf fans everywhere. As we move this iconic championship to May, we are extremely excited that CBS and ESPN will present the highest-quality product with the state-of-the-art technology through a broadcast team that shares our mission to grow the sport of golf,” said Waugh.

The new schedule also enables CBS, ESPN and the PGA of America to “effectively promote important ‘grow-the-game’ initiatives to a larger and more engaged audience.”

“The PGA is a major that not only typically delivers the strongest field in golf, but is synonymous with historic moments that resonate with golf fans everywhere."

Under the terms of the new deal, CBS also receives expanded highlight and digital rights, including distribution of its coverage across all CBS platforms such as CBSSports.com, CBS All Access and all mobile applications.

In addition, CBS will offer on-site ancillary programming on CBS Sports Network as well as on its digital and social platforms during championship week. 

Exclusive live coverage of the first and second rounds will appear across ESPN and ESPN+.

For the third and final rounds, ESPN and ESPN+ will have multiple hours of live coverage throughout the morning, leading into the CBS telecast.

The agreement includes live action on ESPN and ESPN+ across all four days of the tournament, as well as pre-tournament and other ancillary coverage. ESPN+ will also air featured hole and featured group coverage for all four days of the tournament, including during the weekend afternoon windows.

CBS Sports will serve as the lead production entity producing all of the traditional 72-hole coverage for the entire tournament.

“We’ve had a successful partnership with the PGA of America for many years, including continuous innovations throughout our portfolio that have greatly enhanced the experience for golf fans,” Turner Sports wrote in a statement. “We wish them all the best in their future pursuits.”

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